While driving on the south coast's A2 highway, between the towns of Lacovia and Middle Quarters, you’ll suddenly come under a tunnel of tall bamboo trees—the largest kind introduced to Jamaica—arching over the road for two and half miles ahead. Welcome to Bamboo Avenue--also known as Holland Bamboo. These trees were planted over a century ago by the owners of the neighboring Holland Estates, to serve as a shady rest stop for sugar cane workers. While Bamboo Avenue isn't as lush as it once was and is undergoing beautification because of damage from floods and hurricanes over the past decade, it's still worth noting this protected site on your way to a tour on the south coast. You'll spot peanut and coconut vendors along the road. Feel free to stop and cool off with some fresh coconut “wata" and capture this scenic route.
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Grab Some Pepper Shrimp
It's not all about jerk! One of Jamaica’s most famous roadside snack stops is for another popular local snack: pepper shrimp. And the best you can sample is along the south coast—more precisely, in Middle Quarters, prepared daily for passing drivers on their way to and from work. The shrimp is boiled in salty water, and spiced with scotch bonnet peppers! Grab one plastic bag of it to sample. The entire area is a cultural experience in and of itself, with big pots steaming on outdoor grills and cars swinging by, like a drive-through.